Now, the Nexus range of smartphones has always been known as the flagship Android phones. While until last year, Samsung had been partnering with Google to make the Nexus smartphone, this year, we got to see LG bring out the Nexus 4. We’re taking a look at how good a job LG did with its first attempt at a Nexus smartphone, and how it compares with its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
On the outside: LG’s Nexus 4 has a slightly larger 4.7-inch display than the Galaxy Nexus’s 4.65-inch display, but the difference is so slight that you might not even notice it. But we do love the LG Nexus 4’s curved edges. The LG Nexus 4 sports a HD IPS+ LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 X 768 pixels and 318 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fitted with a Super AMOLED display having a resolution of 1280 X 780 pixels and 316 ppi. Even though the ppi count is slightly higher on the Nexus 4, the Galaxy Nexus does manage to reproduce color sharper and offer better brightness.
On the inside: Both phones run on Android 4.2.1, but the Nexus 4 is powered by a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM while the Galaxy Nexus has a dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. In terms of performance, we have to say the Nexus 4 is far better. Especially for those who love gaming, you’ll want to opt for the Nexus 4 over the Galaxy Nexus. For general e-mail, browsing, etc., both phones would be perfectly suitable. The one area where the Nexus 4 takes a beating, however, is when it comes to internal storage. With just 8 GB of internal storage against the Galaxy Nexus’s 32 GB offering, it’s quite disappointing, especially when you consider the fact that neither of these devices have a microSD card slot.
The battery in the Nexus 4 is also far better – 2100 mAh, when compared to the Galaxy Nexus’s 1750 mAh battery. This means that the LG Nexus 4 can operate for a longer time without the need to plug it in for charging.
Camera: Both these phones have similar 1.3 MP front-facing cameras. However, the Nexus 4 comes with an 8 MP rear camera that can capture videos at 1080p resolution. On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus comes with just a 5 MP camera in the rear. No points in guessing which one we prefer when it comes to cameras.